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Digital Photography Composition For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-64761-5
368 pages
November 2010
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Turn ordinary photographs into striking works of art

Mastering the craft of composing a photograph is all about having a trained eye. Digital Photography Composition For Dummies helps emerging photographers create stunning and compelling photographs by teaching the elements, techniques, and conventions used by skilled and successful photographers. It helps advanced beginner to aspiring professional photographers gain an understanding of the basics of composing a stunning and compelling photograph, as well as the parts, functions, and capabilities of their camera.

  • Determine the point of interest in a photo and how significance is achieved
  • Use the "Rule of Thirds" to create better photographs
  • Manipulate the viewpoint and understand the subject's direction of movement
  • Master depth of field, framing, and diagonals
  • Includes suggested exercises to apply as you become more comfortable with composition techniques

Complete with full-color examples and technique comparisons, Digital Photography Composition For Dummies allows you to take the high-quality photos you've always wanted!

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Introduction.

Part I: The Basics of Composition.

Chapter 1: Photographic Composition: The Overview.

Chapter 2: Developing an Eye for Composition.

Chapter 3: Getting to Know Your Equipment.

Part II: Elements of Photographic Design.

Chapter 4: Introducing the Elements of Photographic Design.

Chapter 5: Arranging Visual Elements in a Frame According to the "Rules".

Chapter 6: Paying Attention to Color in Composition.

Part III: Arranging the Key Elements to Compose a Successful Shot.

Chapter 7: Using Focal Points to Tell a Story.

Chapter 8: Finding Your Perspective.

Chapter 9: Backgrounds: As Important as the Subject.

Chapter 10: Using Light to Tell Your Story.

Chapter 11: Adding Interest through Framing and Formatting.

Chapter 12: Exploring Other Compositional Ideas.

Part IV: Composition in Action.

Chapter 13: Showing People in Their Best Light.

Chapter 14: In Nature: Landscapes and Wildlife.

Chapter 15: Shooting Still-Life Photography.

Chapter 16: Capturing (Or Stopping) Motion through Photography.

Chapter 17: Artsy Photos: Fine Art, Composite Pictures, and Abstracts.

Chapter 18: Improving Composition through Postproduction Editing.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Improve Composition.

Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Finding Photographic Inspiration.

Chapter 21: Viewing Ten Compositions of One Scene.

Index.

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Tom Clark is a successful commercial photographer in Miami who shoots for local and international publications on a freelance basis. Tom's commercial photography portfolio includes clients such as Sony, Nike, Puma, and others.
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